The LHA amphibious assault ship (general purpose) mission is to operate offensively in a high-density, multi-threat environment and support the strategic agility, operational reach and tactical flexibility required for successful amphibious operations and the rapid operational tempo required by the MAGTF. LHA can be the central component of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), or as part of the seabase. The America class is optimized for aviation operations and does not contain a well deck for surface interface operations. The LHA 8 class will restore a two LCAC spot well deck allowing for surface interface operations while maintaining aviation capabilities commensurate with F-35B Joint Strike Fighter and MV-22 Osprey operational requirements. Currently, there are two LHA classes: Tarawa and America. LHA 5 USS Peleliu is the last remaining LHA of the Tarawa class and is scheduled for decommissioning in FY15.
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